Eversince I started exercising (March of this year) I've been experiencing knee pain. I wasn't paying much attention to it, thinking that it was probably just part of adjusting to the exercises and that eventually it would disappear. But then I started noticing that even on 'off' days my knees would still be in constant pain.
Finally this week I started paying real attention. Was it the kind of workouts I was doing? I got worried .. what if it was a real injury and I couldn't exercise anymore? Oh no! I was prepared to see a doctor. Articles on the net suggested rest days and doing other, milder forms of exercise - I didn't like the sound of that, mind you. "Milder", as though I was some fragile thing.
My husband suggested proper warm-ups, not just the 1-2-3 types that are usually squeezed in at the start of a 20-min workout video. Unfortunately, I couldn't find any warm-up videos that I could enjoy doing. (The 'FUN' factor is a real biggie for me).
I did find a lot of yoga videos and though I always dismissed them because I preffered cardio-aerobics, last night - because I didn't want to aggravate the pain and because I wanted to still get some sweat going on - I finally tried a 10-min Yoga sesh that focused on flexibility ... and ended up doing a whole 30 minutes of it!
And boy, did that make ALL the difference!
I woke up this morning to legs & back muscles feeling wonderfully stretched and, amazingly, knees that were no longer painful! Whoa! Really?! Although I did feel 'some' pain when I tried some lunges (it's perhaps too early to do that at this point), in general I'd say there was an immediate 85% reduction of pain. Yay!
I am SO relieved that I've found an enjoyable 'antidote' that also makes your body feel so stretched and pliant afterwards. I love it! I've decided to make sure I incorporate some yoga into my daily routine and to dedicate at least 1 day a week to do nothing but =)
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